Good morning, Glendale, and good morning, Insiders.
Aye, we are here in the desert, but if there’s no Munters View, are we really here at all?
Blessed be Schedulor. It took four years, but we finally snuck in the best possible return travel arrangement on the schedule for a night game. Arizona reverted to 6:00 p.m. games for most of their Saturday dates this year, which, selfishly speaking, is just delightful. For those of us fortunate to travel on the team charter, we’re home exceptionally early on these nights. Like, when the game begins an hour (or an hour and a half) earlier than most games on Pacific Time, and we gain an hour during a 55-minute flight home, several of us walk through our front doors up to 90 minutes earlier than we do for home games.
The latest arrivals usually follow Western Canada trips. Those are two-and-a-half-to-three hour flights – Pacific Division travel! – that also require passport control and either give us back one hour, or, when we return from Vancouver, do not provide that extra hour at all. These airports also often require deicing, and the drive to the Edmonton airport tacks on approximately 33 extra minutes of travel. (We know; we’ve measured this many times.) Even when we fly back from the East Coast, the team usually arrives earlier than when arriving from Edmonton.
Of course, we set the clocks forward tonight and will end up losing that hour anyway, and Arizona will be back on Pacific Time when we visit in two weeks, but hey, tonight’s arrangement is still better than losing the hour after a 7:00 or 7:30 start.
Here’s our approach into PHX. It was cut a little long to show Arizona State University and a sliver of Sun Devil Stadium.
The team just got off the ice for a morning skate. More to come on a busy Saturday, Insiders, including Carl Grundstrom’s NHL debut. Let’s talk soon.